Beyond Soku oilfields, how politics fuels Wike, Dickson’s feud

Mon Dec 30th, 2019 - Bayelsa

Seriake Dickson .. PHOTOS: Twitter

The political feud between Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike and Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson, has exposed further division, occasioned by rivalry and a conflict of interests within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). While the disputed Soku oilfields saga has captured the country’s imagination as the primary cause of the bad blood between the governors, their jostling for influence within PDP, which has made their collision almost inevitable, is the reason for the currently acrimony.

Dickson and Wike (a former minister of education under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan) started off as close allies as they both sought election in 2015. As both craved to climb the political ladder together, they were regarded as Jonathan’s closest allies prior to the 2015 general election in which Jonathan lost to Buhari.

But as the country’s political landscape changed dramatically after the 2015 general elections, the relationship between these governors of two major oil producing states in the Niger Delta, gradually began to oscillate from cooperation to bitter political rivalry. The relationship between Wike and Dickson began to decline when Dickson’s second term ticket was threatened. Dickson, who was not sure of PDP giving him a second term ticket, had approached Wike, then a minister, in the company of PDP national chairman, Uche Secondus, King Amalateh Turner, to prevail on President Jonathan to allow him return to office.




source: Guardian